Unlike the VSRs I had done so far, this one was mostly technical. I was supposed to make models of four different prismatic configurations and then draft their orthographic projections.
Reading the brief of the exercise overwhelmed me. I read the description for the first configuration and while I could understand what each word in the description meant, I just wasn’t able to conjure an image in my head of what it would look like once all the words came together. I read and reread but to no avail. And this was the case with the other three configurations as well. After the discussion with my group, I had some idea of what the first configuration would look like. I sat down and went over the description, this time sentence after sentence, and tried to sketch what the model would look like.
Making the model directly did not work for me. I just spent a lot of time without really getting anywhere. So I decided to draft the surface development of the said model digitally and then use that to make the model. After this, I manually drafted the orthographic projections such as plans, sections and elevations, all the while discussing with my group mates about whether or not I was going the right way. The first configuration after a lot of uncertainty and hesitation, finally came to an end.
To say the least, the next three configurations became fun. Reading and sketching each sentence of the descriptions felt like a puzzle I had to solve. Making the models was also equally fun because I could see what I had solved.
As a slight turn from the prismatic models, we had two other exercises. In one, I made a thermocol model of my childhood home by the method of carving out. It was more difficult than I had imagined as the thermocol kept breaking off. But overall, it was interesting to see the home of my memories taking shape in the thermocol.
The second exercise involved sketching a plan of my childhood home. This was really fun to do because I had to work hard at remembering how big or small each space was and where each door and window was placed.
Before I started sketching, while I remembered what each space looked like, I wasn’t really sure of how they were all connected. Sketching the plan helped me walk through my childhood home once again.